It looked likely yesterday, when reading between the lines in a statment by the University of Oklahoma President Dr. David Boren, that the Oklahoma Sooners are leaving the Big 12 Conference.
The only likely question at that point was which conference would they move to, and would in-state Bedlam brother Oklahoma State join them?
This morning Dr. Burns Hargis, President of Oklahoma State University somewhat mirrored what Boren had stated on Friday, that his school would look into other conference options, although his hope was that the Big 12 could stay together.
We reported yesterday that representatives of both schools had met with a rep from the Pac 12 Conference on Friday and this is clearly why the change from previous rhetoric that all of the nine Big 12 schools were together following the daparture from the Big 12 to the SEC.
One of our west coast sources who told us a few weeks ago (around the time that Texas A&M began making headlines) that both OU and OSU were already talking to the Pac 12 through third parties, is now telling me today that the decision has been made for both the Sooners and Cowboys to send an “exploratory letter” to Big 12 Comissioner Dan Beebe as early as Tuesday noon, and then could drop the Big 12 in a similar fashion to what Texas A&M did a few weeks ago.
There are still quite a few questions on what Texas, Texas Tech and Missouri will do, but without OU and OSU, they cannot afford to sit back long an watch events unfold in front of them.
Kansas and Kansas State will have to act quickly, as well. But we’re told they both have an offer from the Big East if the ACC doesn’t offer.
Obviously this story is changing by the hour, so stay with us right here at www.GregSwaim.com for details as they come our way.